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Area water supplies safe from PFAS chemicals, according to tests; HIA levels back to acceptable

Public water systems serving customers in Middletown, Highspire, Lower Swatara and Royalton have all tested below the health advisory level set by the federal government for PFAS, based on results of …

TMI to sound emergency warning sirens today, despite plant being shut down

Exelon Generation will conduct its semi-annual, full volume test of the emergency warning sirens surrounding Three Mile Island Generating Station at about 12:15 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 5 at …

1995 Middletown Area High School graduate to become new athletic director, replacing Smith

A 1995 Blue Raider graduate is the new athletic director of Middletown Area School District. The school board Dec. 3 voted to hire Richard Reed as the new athletic director to replace H. Clifford …

No tax increase in Lower Swatara budget; plans call for adding police officer, other department changes

Lower Swatara Township residents would not see a tax increase if the proposed budget for 2020 is approved. The budget calls for a full-time police officer to be added and the filling of two …

Court ruling again stands in way of restaurant and hotel plans again on North Union Street

A 17-acre tract on North Union Street won’t have a hotel, restaurant, office building and retail space on it anytime soon. In April 2016, Fritz Lee Dickerson IV, Ashton Chase Dickerson, …

Lower Swatara boy faces child pornography charges

A 13-year-old Lower Swatara Township boy has been charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, according to Lower Swatara Police Detective Robert Appleby. …

Student allegedly threatened to shoot up middle school: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A 13-year-old Middletown boy has been charged with making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened to shoot up the Middletown Area Middle School. It was reported to police at 12:05 p.m. …

Police charge two after finding suspected crack cocaine residue: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police charged two people with drug offenses after finding suspected crack cocaine residue in their residence in the 200 block of Ann Street. Dominique Chantal Reid, 34, and Melinda A. …
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Bradford seeks better year for MAHS boys basketball

Chris Bradford’s first year as the head coach of the Middletown boys basketball team was a long, trying one. Following a good run at Annville-Cleona, Bradford knew coming in to the post …

Middletown's Lopez, Broadie lead Mid-Penn All-Stars

The Middletown Blue Raiders football team placed eight players on the recently announced Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Stars. Making the first-team offense is running back Jose Lopez, a …

Honoring the 2019 Blue Raider football seniors in verse

Larry Etter, who has covered Middletown Blue Raiders football for more than 35 years for the Press & Journal, writes a poem for the senior players for each year’s banquet. This is what he …

Sunday hunting coming to Pennsylvania next year

Editor’s note: The following is courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Expanded Sunday hunting is coming to Pennsylvania in 2020. Gov. Tom Wolf on Nov. 27 signed into law Senate …

Lopez wins Degler football award; other honors handed out at MAHS banquet

Press & Journal sports writer Larry Etter presented the Raider Club's annual David H. Degler Memorial Award to senior Jose Lopez at the football banquet that was held Sunday evening at the high …

What a wonderful month November is!: Tom Shanks Woods & Waters

If you are like me and your outdoor hobbies are hunting and fishing, there is no better month than November. Yes, many hunting seasons have already begun and have completed their allotted dates …

Opening Saturday expected to be biggest harvest day for bucks

Editor’s note: The following is courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A Saturday opener for the firearms deer season and the possibility of more older bucks throughout the …

Lower Dauphin’s Meet the Falcons night set for Dec. 4

Lower Dauphin High School’s annual winter Meet the Falcons night will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the high school gymnasium. Members of the Lower Dauphin athletic teams for winter …
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Lower Swatara stormwater fee established at $7 a month; tax-exempt properties have to pay it

A consensus was reached for a $7 monthly Lower Swatara Township stormwater fee during a joint meeting of its board of commissioners and members of the township municipal authority Nov. 25. For …

Highspire honors girl as Junior Citizen of the Year for fundraising: PHOTOS

Lower Swatara, Highspire continue to fight in court over issues related to sewage treatment

Lower Swatara Township and the borough of Highspire are continuing their battle over sewage treatment issues. A majority of Lower Swatara’s waste is treated at the Highspire Wastewater …

Londonderry Township gets $150,000 state grant toward plans for trail through Sunset Park area

Londonderry Township has received a $150,000 grant to help develop a trail through Sunset Park. “This trail is going to be a great asset for our community,” said township manager …

Woman gets 37 years in drug overdose that led to Loranzo death

An Elizabethtown woman is to spend up to 37 years behind bars for her role in the March 2017 overdose of 25-year-old Elizabeth Loranzo. The overdose death of Loranzo, on March 19, 2017, led her …

Police officer recalls night he was shot in leg; Lower Swatara's Shea, Malott receive awards for actions

Lower Swatara Police Officer Timothy Shea says his religion has given him strength as he recovers from being shot during a domestic incident Oct. 14 that led to a police standoff with the suspect. …

Teacher, student won’t be charged over video of punch at Middletown Area Middle School

Charges will not be filed after an incident at Middletown Area Middle School on Nov. 15 in which a video appears to show a teacher punching a student, Lower Swatara Police Department said in a post …
Editorials

Parks are precious; studying them will help communities: Editorial

One of the greatest assets a municipality can offer its residents is its parks. That’s why we are interested to see the results that both the borough of Middletown and Lower Swatara Township …
Columnists

Epstein suicide meme is a reflection on nation’s elite: James Miller

A friend recently asked me, “Why has Jeffrey Epstein become the Harambe of 2019?” It’s a good question. There’s been a spike in “Epstein didn’t kill …

Protect taxpayers and fix Pennsylvania's brain drain: Steve Bloom

It’s a lovely family reunion. Dad and Mom — now Grandpa and Grandma — sit facing their kids, and their kids’ kids, reminiscing about old times and laughing about the trials of …

Wine fest in Moldova, and random thoughts about Middletown: Ed O'Connor

Pop the champagne! Open the caviar! The black, not the red, please. I celebrated two anniversaries in October. First was my (our) 14th wedding anniversary. Olga and I were married in Chisinau …
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